Dodgers Vs. Cardinals: Pujols, Cardinals More Than Overwhelm Dodgers, Win 11-2

Garland made one rehab start with Class A Rancho Cucamonga.

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Dodgers Vs. Cardinals: Pujols, Cardinals Have Hit Parade Against Dodgers, Win 11-2

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Albert Pujols and Lance Berkman each belted a pair of home runs as part of a 19-hit attack, and the Cardinals pounded the Los Angeles Dodgers, 11-2, to continue a four-game series.

It was a night where the number 1,000 signified the success of the Cardinals. They secured their 1,000th win against the Dodgers, but lead the all-time series by only three games. Also, Kyle Lohse (2-1) reached the 1,000-strikeout mark in his career. The right-hander allowed six hits and two runs, while fanning six batters.

Colby Rasmus had three doubles and scored twice for St. Louis, which won for the fifth time in six games and the Cardinals have been scoring runs in bunches. They have 57 over their last six contests.

Yadier Molina and David Freese joined the hit parade with four and three, respectively. St. Louis has 35 hits over the first two games of this series. This was their fifth straight game with at least 14 hits.

Jon Garland (0-1) lost in his 2011 debut, giving up nine hits and five runs over four-plus innings. Garland was signed in the offseason to bolster an already promising rotation, but suffered an oblique injury during spring training and was placed on the disabled list.

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Dodgers Vs. Cardinals Starting Lineups: The Return Of Jon Garland

The Los Angeles Dodgers look to snap a three-game losing streak Friday night, facing the St. Louis Cardinals in the second game of a four-game set at Dodger Stadium. Jon Garland has been activated from the disabled list, and will make his first start of the season for the Dodgers. Outfielder Jamie Hoffmann was optioned to Triple A Albuquerque after Thursday night's game to make room for Garland.  Kyle Lohse gets the start for St. Louis. Here are tonight's starting lineups:

Cardinals (6-7)

Theriot SS
Rasmus CF
Pujols 1B
Holliday LF
Berkman RF
Freese 3B
Molina C
Schumaker 2B
Lohse P

Dodgers (6-7)

Gwynn LF
Blake 3B
Ethier RF
Kemp CF
Loney 1B
Uribe 2B
Barajas C
Carroll SS
Garland P

Tonight's 7:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket.

For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Vs. Cardinals: Jon Garland To Make First Start Of 2011

The Los Angeles Dodgers look to snap a three-game losing streak Friday night against the St. Louis Cardinals, and they will turn to Jon Garland, fresh off the disabled list and making his first start of 2011. Garland strained his left oblique muscle in spring training on March 9, and began the regular season on the disabled list. Garland made one rehab start, last Sunday with Class A Rancho Cucamonga, throwing 81 pitches in 4 2/3 innings.

The Dodgers need Garland back, and they need him to pitch deep into games. The team is now 6-7 and while it's far too early to panic, there are reasons for concern. The offense was expected to be below average, so their 3.5 runs per game is a but low but not totally under expectations. However, the Dodgers built their pitching staff to carry the team, and so far it has struggled. Dodger starting pitchers only have two quality starts in the last eight games, and during that span have a collective 4.87 ERA.

The Cardinals won the opener of the four-game series with the Dodgers, 9-5 behind a strong 16-hit attack. Kyle Lohse, who is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts this season, gets the start for St. Louis. The Cardinals have won two straight and four of their last five contests.

Tonight is Jackie Robinson Night at Dodger Stadium, and all players on both teams, just as throughout all of baseball, will wear number 42. Since the players all began wearing number 42 on April 15 in 2007, the Dodgers have won all four games on Jackie Robinson Day. Don Newcombe, who has Robinson's teammate in Brooklyn, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch tonight before the game.

For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation True Blue LA.

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